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This week’s episode features Naomi Abrahams, a PhD student at the University of Ottawa, who lives with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. The episode starts off by Naomi talking about how life felt like when being misdiagnosed for 3 years. She brings Natasha along her journey to when her symptoms started with joint swelling and pain in her hips that then moved to her elbows. Eventually, she wasn’t able to brush her teeth or eat food without pain. Her world changed and she had frequent visits to the dentist and had tons of MRIs. This led her to finally figure out her personal medication and treatment journey. Moreover, Naomi explains how she never experienced pediatric care but was experiencing symptoms when she was 15. On her 18th birthday, she was given her new diagnosis in which she felt as though she was “thrown into the adult world”. Additionally, Natasha and Naomi both discuss the pros and cons of having a rheumatoid factor negative vs positive one. They also discuss the similarities they had in terms of medications they had been on (DMARDS and biologics). Following that, they continue the conversation by talking about their own physiotherapy pathway, specifically what it’s like to do physiotherapy in a flare up and the financial aspects of getting billed through insurance. They discuss the MRI vs infusion fatigue, moving out to university with arthritis, and hair loss/growth with medications. Then, they get into the fun stuff like how Naomi told her boyfriend that she had arthritis and how he now supports her. Natasha and Naomi discuss how they met each other specifically through the Choice Research Lab, patient engagement in research and how important patient partners are. Last but not least, they end off the episode discussing their experience together at the CBC Ottawa Radio station, filming the CBC documentary and more!   CBC documentary and article: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis-podcast-creator-network-cbc-1.6614184CBC radio segment: https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-100-ottawa-morning/clip/15943512-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis  Check out Naomi's socials:  Instagram: @naomiabrahams   Check out our socials: Website: https://www.takeapaincheck.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/takeapainch... Twitter: https://twitter.com/takeapaincheck​​​ Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@takeapaincheck   Growing Pains, Copyright, 2018, Alessia Cara  
In this week’s episode, Sarah Shaw becomes the host and discusses the hot topic: workplace and arthritis with guests — Michael Kuluva, Annette McKinnon and Natasha Trehan (host of TAPC). They discuss working with a rheumatic diseases at various stages of life and address the challenges in keeping employment. Unemployment and underemployment lie at the core of poverty and the financial security of people with rheumatic disease. Income has long been recognized as a social determinant of health with significant implications on the quality of life, health status, and access to health care benefits. Join the four individuals as they dive deep into their journeys, passions and hurdles. This episode was created from the World Arthritis Day Twitter Space event held on Oct 12th, 2022.
In this week’s episode, Christina Hepner talks about her symptoms that started when she was 19 in her sophomore year. Christina relates that she tried to hide her pain in university just to live a normal college life and used humour to cope with it for 1 whole year. However, after she returned from her summer break, she no longer could hide her disease from her friends who spoke about how much fun they had in the summer. Christina started bawling her eyes out and told her friends that she spent her time in so much pain and disclosed her arthritis diagnosis. She was lucky to have a great support system which helped her mental health. Christina discusses how her arthritis made her feel like she wasn’t herself most of the time. She gained weight, had knee surgery and dealt with depression. She mentions how she worked through those hurdles with physiotherapy, changing her mindset and implementing lifestyle changes such as weightlifting and eliminating certain inflammatory foods that she researched. Finally, the episode ends with Christina talking about her job in a non-profit organization for the visually impaired as a digital marketer and her current disease status being in remission. Check out Christina's socials:  https://www.facebook.com/ChristinaHepnerMedia https://www.instagram.com/christina_hepner/ https://twitter.com/ChristinaHepner  Check out our socials: Website: https://www.takeapaincheck.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/takeapainch... Twitter: https://twitter.com/takeapaincheck​​​Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@takeapaincheck   Growing Pains, Copyright, 2018, Alessia Cara
As a baby, she started off crawling then walking. After, she reverted back into crawling. On this week's episode, we invite Alexa Sutherland, an actress and writer from Los Angeles. She talks about her 4 chronic condition, including Ankylosing Spondylitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia and Graves Disease. She starts off the episode by explaining the joints impacted for each condition and how she differentiates the pain for each of them. Alexa describes the struggles she endured at each point in her life with every added diagnosis, specifically the social and emotional aspects. In particular, she talks about the switch to home schooling due to the inability of her school faculty to accommodate. Ultimately, she decided to become her own boss and thrive in an environment that was meant for her. As the conversation continues, Alexa shares her experience with online college and discusses how online school helped her further explore her passions. She dives into her experiences with injection days and how the auto injector was her ultimate life saver to becoming more confident in giving herself her injections. Additionally, Natasha asks Alexa about dating while living with a chronic illness which led to them talking about insecurities relating to being “too difficult” to be with. Lastly, they discuss Alexa’s acting gigs, specifically Deadly Cheer Moms and navigating accommodations. Check out Alexa's socials:  https://twitter.com/glowlexa https://www.instagram.com/glowlexa  Check out our socials: Website: https://www.takeapaincheck.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/takeapainch... Twitter: https://twitter.com/takeapaincheck​​​Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@takeapaincheck   Growing Pains, Copyright, 2018, Alessia Cara
On this week's episode on Take a Pain Check, Charlotte Ryder-Burbidge discuss her diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Celiac Disease. She was diagnosed away from home during her studies. Luckily, she discusses how she had great housemates during that time that supported her. Natasha and Charlotte both discuss the differences in being with their parents when receiving a diagnosis vs not being with them. They both relate on the struggles of studying science while dealing with hand pain and inflammation. For Charlotte, that lead to her feeling the need to skip classes and not care about school for the longest time. On the other hand, she also developed other lifestyle changes such as going to the gym. As the conversation continues, they both discuss their experiences on triple therapy and the side effects they've experienced. Finally, the episode ends off with talking about Arthritis Research Canada's patient advisory board where Natasha and Charlotte first met.   Next Joint Chat Rheum Session on Sunday, October 23 at 2pm EST/11 am PST: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZArcOmtpzsqHNSY5FVgIF1TetCQ_MZYbJhK   Check out Charlotte's socials: Instagram @charryder    Arthritis Research Canada: https://www.arthritisresearch.ca/   Check out our socials: Website: https://www.takeapaincheck.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/takeapainch... Twitter: https://twitter.com/takeapaincheck​​​ Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@takeapaincheck    Growing Pains, Copyright, 2018, Alessia Cara
It started with blood clots in the lungs. If Tony waited a day or a couple of hours later, his story would’ve been very different. This week’s episode features Tony Sosa from Southern California who discusses his diagnosis with Lupus and Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome (APS). Due to his Lupus symptoms (the butterfly rash, joint pain and fatigue), Tony had to stop working in the fire fighting industry and his job in the kitchen. He quickly realized the importance of community support, as well as reading and learning about his diagnosis. Natasha discusses how she learned about her disease — through her parents — and how this process changed over the years. Natasha and Tony dive into their similarities in terms of the plant based lifestyle change they have both incorporated in their lives. Finally, Tony talks about the up sides of living with Lupus, specifically being able to give others hope about their disease through initiatives such as Take a Pain Check and the Lupus Foundation of Southern California.     Next Joint Chat Rheum Session on Sunday, September 18th at 7pm EDT/4pm PDT:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/regis...  Check out Tony's socials:  Instagram: @a.sosa_ii    Check out our socials:  Website: https://www.takeapaincheck.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/takeapainch...  Twitter: https://twitter.com/takeapaincheck Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@takeapaincheck   Growing Pains, Copyright, 2018, Alessia Cara 
On this week’s episode, Megan Tovar comes on the podcast to talk about her diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis. She discusses how she was active in several ways, which led to a confusing path to diagnosis as the blame was assigned to other physical activities that she was involved in. Natasha and Megan discuss the difference between transition and rheumatology care in different geographical locations across North America. Moreover, the conversation progresses to talking about Megan’s impacted joints - her knees. She talks about her experience with draining fluid in her knees, as well as a knee scope. Additionally, Megan discusses the different lifestyle changes she has implemented throughout her journey, such as changing her mindset, eating habits, and focusing on fitness. Finally, Megan discusses her career as a fitness trainer and how she is constantly empowering people with arthritis to be active through her social media platforms and advocacy work.   Next Joint Chat Rheum Session on Sunday, September 18th at 7pm EDT/4pm PDT:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/regis...  Check out Megan's socials:  Instagram: @itsmegzz_fitness   Check out our socials: Website: https://www.takeapaincheck.ca/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/takeapainch... Twitter: https://twitter.com/takeapaincheck​​​Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@takeapaincheck  Growing Pains, Copyright, 2018, Alessia Cara
“Managing my arthritis can be compared to being the mayor of a village” Sadiq told Natasha, on this week’s episode. Sadiq Jiwa, a 26 year old professional golf player from Vancouver, Canada currently on the road for the PGA tour. The conversation starts off with Sadiq’s diagnosis story at the age of six and what life was like being young with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Moreover, the comments from people in school as well as the emphasis of confusing growing pains with arthritis pains. As the discussions progresses, he talks about his journey moving from pediatric to adult care and the difference in care as well as his way of articulating his health. Being a professional golfer, Sadiq explains that he had to start learning pain management techniques from the beginning. Lastly, Natasha and Sadiq both discuss their work with the Arthritis Patient Advisory Board from Arthritis Research Canada and other smaller arthritis awareness groups to help spread awareness and share their stories about overcoming their adversities. Sadiq's blog on TAPC: https://www.takeapaincheck.com/post/inflammation-and-intimacy Arthritis Research Canada: https://www.arthritisresearch.ca/ Check out Sadiq's socials: Instagram: @jiwanator   Check out our socials: Website: https://www.takeapaincheck.ca/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/takeapainch... Twitter: https://twitter.com/takeapaincheck​​​Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@takeapaincheck  Growing Pains, Copyright, 2018, Alessia Cara 
“Don’t say you're disabled” they said. These were comments Anna Samson received when they were using mobility aids to help them get through their daily tasks while living with a chronic illness. This week on Take a Pain Check, Anna Samson comes on the podcast to to talk about their life with Ankylosing Spondylitis and Fibromyalgia as a 23 year old. They start off the conversation by talking about their initial symptoms and explaining the 4 year wait to get a diagnosis. After receiving a diagnosis, Anna talks about their experience finding resources to help them understand their own conditions. Moreover, Natasha and Anna discuss the benefits of physiotherapy. The conversation progresses to talking about disability in different settings, specifically the blue and red seats on the TTC subway. Throughout Anna’s journey, they learned how to advocate for themselves in a health care setting and how they become more confident. Not only did they have to talk about their symptoms, but they had to “get better at talking to people.” Finally, Anna explains their involvement in Take a Pain Check as an ambassador, as well as their work in Health Union. Next Joint Chat Rheum Session on Tuesday, August 16th at 7pm EDT: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUsc-CvqDMtEtdQYezlNi8gJhkW5roy5_TK Self-Advocacy Live: https://www.instagram.com/tv/Cb5sHwVIC8P/ Makeup Live: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CaQI5eBKKTG/ Health Union: https://www.instagram.com/healthunion/  Check out Anna's socials:  Instagram @chronicallyillxo TikTok @chronicallyillxo Twitter: @chronicallyillx   Check out our socials: Website: https://www.takeapaincheck.ca/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/takeapainch... Twitter: https://twitter.com/takeapaincheck​​​ Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@takeapaincheck  Growing Pains, Copyright, 2018, Alessia Cara
During the pandemic, Haley and her boyfriend went to the grocery store and a few minutes later, she fell to the ground. On this week’s episode, Haley Crespo joins Natasha to discuss her journey with lupus and Evan’s syndrome. Haley starts off the episode by discussing how her boyfriend was her main support system through her diagnosis story. Consequently, Haley discusses her symptoms and how her lupus varies from others in the sense that it effects  only her blood. Natasha and Haley bond over not only Selena Gomez being an amazing lupus role model, but how they both don’t have the typical rheumatic disease symptoms, like a fever or rash. Additionally, Haley discusses her experiences being on blood thinners and the difference between the location of her injection including how that made her feel. She talks about growing up quickly and being given responsibilities from her parents once she was diagnosed. Finally, the episodes ends with Haley talking about her collaboration with Lupus Canada where she created her jewellery shop to raise awareness for Lupus Awareness Month this past May — Haley Made. Check out Haley's socials: Instagram @haleymadeshop + TikTok @haleymadeshop Check out our socials: Website: https://www.takeapaincheck.ca/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/takeapainch... Twitter: https://twitter.com/takeapaincheck​​​ Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@takeapaincheck  Growing Pains, Copyright, 2018, Alessia Cara
Imagine being 30 and needing to plan your funeral while also planning your will. This is the exact experience Amanda Ishii had to go through a few years ago. On this week’s episode, Amanda discusses her journey living with Lupus, Crohn’s disease, Colon cancer and Multi Organ Dysfunction. Amanda explains her initial symptoms and jumps into the importance of social and mental support when it comes to dealing with a chronic illness. Moreover, Amanda brings up therapy, a resource that not only helped her by providing her someone to talk to but also is used by many people in all communities as a tool for support. As the episode progresses, Amanda discusses what life was like throughout college to present day with an ileostomy bag in social settings, while playing basketball and when travelling. Since a young age, basketball was a passion of hers. Even with a medical device, Amanda continues to pursue basketball professionally while knowing her limits; she is unstoppable. Finally, Natasha and Amanda end off the podcast episode by talking about a new initiative Amanda is starting up to supply 3rd world countries with medical and school supplies for free, The Mango House. Check out Amanda's socials: Instagram: @haparae @themangohouse_cebu   Sign up for the July Joint Chat Rheum Session: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ofuCspjsoGdduKrpgemnDZa1As6TvwYhL    Check out our socials: Website: https://www.takeapaincheck.ca/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/takeapainch... Twitter: https://twitter.com/takeapaincheck​​​Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@takeapaincheck
Devyn Nichols, a 14 year old content creator for Take a Pain Check, comes onto the podcast to discuss her diagnosis with undifferentiated Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. When talking about Devyn’s diagnosis journey, she brings up medical gaslighting to which led to her seeing many family doctors and rheumatologists. Natasha and Devyn discuss side effects they’ve experienced on Methotrexate and Prednisone, as well the insecurities that came alongside being teenage girls. Not only that, Devyn explains the struggle of having peers and school faculty not understanding that arthritis fluctuates, appointments can’t be on weekends and it's not “just joints that are sore sometimes but will go away”. From a young age, gymnastics was Devyn’s dream but soon after being diagnosed with arthritis she came to a realization that she had to let it go. With that in mind, Devyn mentions that letting go opened up a whole new world for her. Finally, they end the episode talking about Devyn becoming an arthritis advocate and discussing her involvement with Take a Pain Check, as well as her personal Instagram account @devs_jia_journey.   5 minute video explaining JIA:  https://www.instagram.com/p/CTxoNO4g_DS/  Check out our socials:  Website: https://www.takeapaincheck.ca/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/takeapainch...  Twitter: https://twitter.com/takeapaincheck​​​ Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@takeapaincheck  Devyn's socials: Instagram: devyn_nicholsss, devs_jia_journey  Tik-Tok: devyn_nichols    Growing Pains, Copyright, 2018, Alessia Cara 
On this week’s episode, Afshin Bhimani discusses her journey living with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia. She starts off by explaining her lengthy diagnosis process and how she felt during this time. Once she started to go to doctors to figure out what was wrong, she was unable to find a physician who took her seriously. Moving from India to the States, Afshin discusses the cultural changes that occurred in her life. Natasha and Afshin both bond over Indian culture and holistic approaches they’ve tried. They discussed what they thought caused their diagnoses’ and both predict that changes in environments were a trigger for both of them. Due to Afshin's disability, she has a service dog - Sammy - who has been a great support in her life. Afshin talks about her struggles with US healthcare, as well as the ups and downs she faced with the comments of others when she brought her service dog. They end off the podcast by talking about “Desi and Diseased,” Afshin’s website and Instagram that she uses to raise awareness for South Asians living with chronic conditions.   Check out our socials:  Website: https://www.takeapaincheck.ca/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/takeapainch...  Twitter: https://twitter.com/takeapaincheck Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@takeapaincheck  Afshin's socials: Instagram: desi.spoonie TikTok: solo.spoonie  Growing Pains, Copyright, 2018, Alessia Cara
On this week’s episode, Aleina Margos joins Natasha to discuss her journey with Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA). Being diagnosed during the pandemic, Aleina starts off the episode by elaborating on her rheumatoid arthritis, including symptoms, topicals and  pill medications that she was prescribed at first. Aleina and Natasha discuss the affects of their medication, like discolouration and how they abstain from scratching the skin. Aleina elaborates about her diagnosis period and how she received a lack of support from her friend. The conversation progresses onto the bonding of costochondritis, as well as the confusion and struggle a patient experiences when they start experiencing other pains that might not actually be arthritis.  Finally, Aleina and Natasha shine light on the power of community via social media. Aleina expands on her own Instagram page, as well as her involvement in Patients Rising and being a TAPC ambassador.   DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed by guests on this podcast do not represent or reflect the official policy or position of the Take a Pain Check Foundation and podcast. All information shared is from personal experiences and does not constitute medical advice. We do not take responsibility for any statements expressed during the Podcast and Take a Pain Check does not endorse any products or services. Any said products or services mentioned on this podcast may not be suitable for you or your condition. Please consult with your physician if you have medical questions as it may pertain to your condition. We've now launched the Joint Chat Rheum Program and our first session is on Sunday, May 29th at 4pm EST. If you're interested in hanging out with us and making friends with other youth with arthritis, you can sign up here: https://forms.gle/UEPfJSuc5ZSpbwpz8  Aleina's Socials: Instagram - @arthriticaleina  Check out our socials:  Website: https://www.takeapaincheck.ca/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/takeapainch...  Twitter: https://twitter.com/takeapaincheck Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@takeapaincheck  Growing Pains, Copyright, 2018, Alessia Cara
Take a Pain Check’s Mother’s Day special features Jenni Weaver, a mom of 3 kids, that comes on the podcast this week to discuss her diagnosis with rheumatoid arthritis and pustular psoriasis. The discussion starts off with the basics, specifically talking about Jenni’s original symptoms that led to a diagnosis after several years. Natasha and Jenni discuss the set backs in terms of communication in health care, focusing on the struggle of getting a copy of blood test results. The conversation continues with Jenni explaining how she went switched to different rheumatologists and was finally able to find the medication that didn’t cause several allergic reactions. Jenni and Natasha discuss the importance of having someone else advocate for them at appointments. The episode progresses to Jenni providing her tips and tricks on how to manage her disease and parenting with her kids. Finally, they end off the podcast episode talking about the power of social media and online advocacy. Jenni's Socials:  @Gracefully_jen @My_Spoonie_Sisters  Check out our socials: Website: https://www.takeapaincheck.ca/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/takeapainch... Twitter: https://twitter.com/takeapaincheck​​​Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@takeapaincheck  Growing Pains, Copyright, 2018, Alessia Cara
Dr. Rae Yeung started off her education journey dreaming to be pilot or an astronaut. But she realized quickly, that she had a passion for medicine, children, and rheumatology. The conversation on this week’s podcast episode starts off with a timeline of Dr. Yeung’s journey on becoming a pediatric rheumatologist and a researcher. Dr. Yeung talks about her primary research interest - precision medicine and specifically how this will be able to treat patients on an individualized level based on genes. Furthermore, she clarifies the availability of genetic testing (clinical vs research) for patients. Natasha and Dr. Yeung provide their perspectives on COVID-19 specifically: in person versus virtual visits, the effects and shortages of medications used for both COVID-19 and arthritis, the effectiveness and fears of being on immunosuppressive drugs, and finally the similarities and difference with your immune system with COVID vs arthritis. The discussion progresses into talking about Kawasaki disease, and it’s symptoms that may in fact be COVID-19 related. Lastly, the episode ends off with Dr. Yeung expressing her knowledge of what the future of rheumatology looks like including two major research projects she founded - UCAN CAN-DU and UCAN CURE. Dr. Rae Yeung's initiatives: https://twitter.com/ucancandu https://twitter.com/SickKidsNews https://twitter.com/CAPRI_Canada https://www.ucancandu.com/ Dr. Rae Yeung's Lab - https://lab.research.sickkids.ca/yeung/ Check out our socials: Website: https://www.takeapaincheck.ca/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/takeapainch... Twitter: https://twitter.com/takeapaincheck​​​Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@takeapaincheck  Growing Pains, Copyright, 2018, Alessia Cara
This week’s episode features Savannah Lohnes - a second year university student from Windsor living with Juvenile Arthritis. Savannah starts off by remembering the time when she woke up bed ridden; she couldn’t get out of bed. Previously, her dad was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and to no surprise, Savannah was diagnosed with JA and then later Hemochromatosis. Natasha and Savannah both bond over being diagnosed with the same condition at 13, thinking it’s due to a sports injury, being high achievers in school and what that actually came to be.  Savannah played competitive soccer all her life but had to stop when she was diagnosed. However, Savannah still incorporated her love for sports in a less rigorous way - recreationally. The conversation continues to go through the school timeline and the differences accommodations were like from elementary school to high school and finally now to university. Finally, they end off the episode talking about Savannah’s initiative, Clips 4 a Cause. Using her love for arts and crafts, she creates resin-based clips and donates a portion of the proceeds to charity. Savannah's Socials: Instagram: @savannahlohnes @clips4acause Check out our socials: Website: https://www.takeapaincheck.ca/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/takeapainch...  Twitter: https://twitter.com/takeapaincheck​​​ Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@takeapaincheck Growing Pains, Copyright, 2018, Alessia Cara
In honour of Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month, our second special guest of the month - Alejandra Van Dusen comes on Take a Pain Check to talk about her story with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis alongside Ulcerative Colitis. Diagnosed at 2 years old with JIA, Alejandra talks about childhood memories of being at the hospital and soon realizing that it’s okay to be different. Her symptoms went from her hands to elbows and at 12 years old jaw complications arose. Alejandra explains her experience for jaw surgery and what it felt like waking up and not being able to open her month. Alejandra and Natasha bond about having brothers, gym class exceptions, technology and more. Lastly, they dive deep into the Patient and Community Engagement Research (PaCER) program where Alejandra and Natasha conducted research alongside other young adults living with arthritis on patients with arthritis.  Alejandra's Socials: Instagram: @alej4ndra  Twitter: AlejandraVanD    Check out our socials:  Website: https://www.takeapaincheck.ca/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/takeapainch...  Twitter: https://twitter.com/takeapaincheck​​​ Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@takeapaincheck  Growing Pains, Copyright, 2018, Alessia Cara  #juvenilearthritis #research #IBD #ulcerativecolitis #jawsurgery
In honour of Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month, Morgan Harris comes on Take a Pain Check to talk about her story with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Diagnosed at 8 years old, Morgan discusses how she didn’t know what was happening to her body, let alone even trying to explain the concept to her friends. At 13, Morgan underwent a period of remission. Unfortunately, the arthritis came back. Morgan and Natasha discuss their experiences and preferences on pills vs injections, their support systems and some pain management strategies. The roles swap for a second where Morgan asks Natasha how she went from telling 1 person in high school about her arthritis to now running this whole podcast. Not only that, they discuss all things transition and Morgan’s experience at a transition clinic in Toronto. Lastly, they dive deep into the Patient and Community Engagement Research program where Morgan and Natasha conducted research alongside other young adult living with arthritis on patients with arthritis. Registration for The Mind, Body, Bluetooth Event: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-mind-body-bluetooth-event-tickets-263418440647?keep_tld=1 Morgan’s Socials - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/morgan._harris/ Check out our socials:  Website: https://www.takeapaincheck.ca/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/takeapainch...  Twitter: https://twitter.com/takeapaincheck​​​ Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@takeapaincheck G Growing Pains, Copyright, 2018, Alessia Cara 
Carrie Zamudio joins our host Natasha this week on Take a Pain a Check to discuss her journey with rheumatoid arthritis. Her story starts off with a long period of time in which she was not being treated and then finally getting diagnosed during the pandemic. We discuss all things arthritis, including bone deformity, her medication journey prior to pregnancy and the fears of afterbirth with rheumatoid arthritis. Carrie now has a newborn daughter. But, flashback to October, she was 5 months pregnant when this conversation happened. Some major questions brought discussed the possibility of remission during pregnancy and if a baby is really healing you internally? Throughout Carrie’s life, she gave up the party life and fashion trends, such as heels and much more. The conversation ends off with the importance of mental health, well-being, lifestyle changes, and being in a good emotional state. Carrie's Socials:  Instagram: @arthritiscarrie   Check out our socials: Website: https://www.takeapaincheck.ca/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/takeapainch...  Twitter: https://twitter.com/takeapaincheck ​​​Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@takeapaincheck  Growing Pains, Copyright, 2018, Alessia Cara
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